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Family Arts Festival returns for its biggest year yet

Supported by the Arts Council, the nationwide Family Arts Festival is back for its third year. Between 9 October and 1 November more than 1000 organisations will host 5000 creative events for the whole family. From exploring backstage at a theatre to listening to a concert dressed as your favourite superhero. Building on the success of previous events, the Family Arts Festival will be inspiring families to take part in artistic and cultural activities together.

Speaking about the festival, Darren Henley OBE, Chief Executive, Arts Council England said: “The arts have the power to change the lives of everyone in England. And there’s nothing that proves this more than the Get Creative Family Arts Festival.

“It’s particularly special because it unites every generation in shared experiences, so that everyone from toddlers to grandparents can enjoy the very best artistic creativity in cities, towns and villages across the country”

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LAN 2015 Open – extended to be part of new Preston Festival

The 2015 LAN Open exhibition at Oxheys Mill Studios, is proving popular with visitors who are enjoying the diverse selection of work. “Very fresh” “nice clean display” “lovely hanging” “delightful work” are just some of the comments received since it opened. Now Oxheys are excited to announce that the show will stay open for an extra week in order to be part of a new pilot Lancashire Festival taking part in Preston over the weekend of 25-27 September, instead of closing on Sep 19th as originally planned.

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Organisations in the North receive Strategic Touring funding

Three organisations in the North have been successful in the latest round of the Arts Council’s Strategic touring programme with funding totalling £405,479.

The Strategic touring programme aims to give people better access to quality work across a range of venues to more people across the country, targeting places with low levels of art engagement and those that rely on touring for arts and culture. Following on from the year two analysis of the Strategic touring programme, we are particularly encouraged to see an increase in applications in this round for literature based projects (including arts in libraries), free outdoor projects, and those that benefit diverse audiences.

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Submissions invited for new writing festival

Currently looking for scripts for new writing festival to be held in Blackburn 23-25 October 2015. On the look out for script submissions and the criteria is the script has to be an hour long and a maximum of five characters. If you’re interested please email    

Portfolio reviews, talks & discussion at Harris Museum

Portfolio reviews with Ruth Claxton or Sovay Berriman with subsequent talks and discussion by the artists are taking place at the Harris Museum & Gallery in Preston.
Portfolio review sessions are a great opportunity to talk about your practice to a nationally renowned artist who can give you advice and critical feedback you your practice and career path.

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Submissions invited for 2015 Open exhibition

After the success of the last Lancashire Artists Network (LAN) exhibition, we are pleased to announce it is back again. Organised in collaboration with Oxheys Mill Studios, the exhibition promises a vibrant and diverse selection of work by local and Lancashire-based artists. All LAN members are invited to submit work for this exhibition – entry … Read more